Swim the Fly

Swim the Fly

Book - 2010
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Fifteen-year-old Matt Gratton and his two best friends, Coop and Sean, always set themselves a summertime goal. This year's goal is to see a real-live naked girl for the first time. Given that none of the guys has the nerve to even ask a girl out on a date this is quite a challenge. But catching a girl in the buff starts to look easy compared to Matt's other summertime aspiration: to swim the 100-yard butterfly as a way to impress Kelly West, the sizzling new star of the swim team.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2010, c2009.
Edition: 1st pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780763647766
Branch Call Number: TF Realist Cala
Characteristics: 345 p. ; 20 cm.


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Fifteen-year-old Matt and his two best friends Sean and Coop, the least athletic swimmers on the local swim team, find their much anticipated summer vacation bringing them nothing but trouble with unsucessful schemes to see a live naked girl and with Matt, eager to impress the swim team's "h... Read More »

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ArapahoeSusan Oct 01, 2018

Don Calame writes books about teen boys that are realistic and laugh-out-loud funny! Swim The Fly is the first adventure with Matt, Sean, and Coop, 15 year-olds who have been friends forever. Each summer they create a challenge that must be completed by the end of summer. This summer... they have to see a real-live naked girl for the first time. Laugh along with them as they work through swim-team, girl crushes, family issues, and many failed attempts to meet their goal.

Jul 02, 2015


May 16, 2013

a hilarious read for any middle schooler.

Jun 13, 2012

After two boy books grounded in brutal realism (one about caring for a mentally ill parent, the other about accidentally killing a sibling), Swim the Fly was a welcome change, a comedy in the spirit of The Hangover (if the gentleman of that movie were teen boys on a swim team). Though I enjoyed the improbable escapades of the main character and his friends, the underlying messages of the book left me cold. Maybe I'm just a humorless feminist, but the boys of the book spend a good portion of the plot trying to see a girl naked (mostly in between masturbation jokes) and never does anyone point out to them that viewing women as bodies rather than people may not be the greatest idea. The girls let in on this plot LAUGH. Ha, ha! Worse, the boys actually take a picture of girl in an, er, uncompromising position, and POST IT TO FACEBOOK. The consequences? None. As this is a textbook case of online bullying, I would have appreciated some nod to the fact that this incident was likely devastating to the girl in question. Alas, no. Not important. Also disappointing was the end, in which one of the boys makes a less than ethical ploy in the final swim meet...again with no consequences. Ultimately, this book - while a fun, light read - glorifies cheating, sexual harassment, and objectifying women, while completely minimizing any negative consequences that might arise from such activities. A shame.

Jake21 Apr 09, 2012

The best word to describe this book is HILARIOUS!  Don Calame did what most writers consider impossible!  He has made a book funny from cover to cover and kept the reader locked into his every word until they hit the back cover.  I read this book in 2 days, laughing through every second of this fantastic book about 3 best friends as they set out in the summer to accomplish 1 goal - To see a real-live naked girl.  In between their comical screw ups, Matt somehow gets caught up in Ulf's swimming classes and falls in love with a new super hot girl on the swim team.  What he doesn't know is that another hot girl (who is the super hot girl's friend) has set her sights on him.  Who will he choose?  And will the boys complete their goal?  That you will have to find out on your own so race over to the library and GET THIS BOOK! 

Nov 30, 2011

This is definatly one of my favourite books ever. It's halarious! It had me laughing so hard i cryed! Definatly worth the read, sequel's pretty good too.

Sep 19, 2011

Great book. Love all the funny stuff Matt, Sean, and Coop get themselves into. A MUST read for teens.

Aug 23, 2011

This book was soo annoyingly hilarious I had to stop reading so that I could actually make sense of what I'm reading and stop laughing. Meeting the author put a whole lot of new perspectives too because of the...things he's said. The inspirations he got, to write the whole story is even more hilarious.

Horatiu Aug 12, 2011

what was the authors insperation?

flourgirl Jul 28, 2011

This was a fun look into the brains of teenage boys in a really funny way.

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Feb 05, 2010

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